Scott, William: The Bird Cage – SOLD


From the First Series of 16 designs of ‘Lithographs by Contemporary Artists’, a simply delightful ‘Lyons Lithograph’ printed in colours by Chromoworks Ltd, and published by J.Lyons in 1947, signed in the plate, unframed.

Between 1946 and 1955, Lyons commissioned three series of prints, 40 in total, for display in Lyons Teashops, and which offered an overview of post-war Britain as seen by almost all of the period’s most renowned artists.

Artist: William Scott, (1913-1989)

Title and date: The Bird Cage, 1947

Size: 74.0 x 99.0 cms.

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Artist description:

William Scott was a British artist born in Greenock. In 1928, he attended the Belfast School of Art before winning a scholarship to the Royal Academy School in 1931, initially studying sculpture, he then moved to the painting department. Scott spent a number of years living and working in France and Italy before the outbreak of the Second World War where he served with the Royal Ordinance Survey and learned lithography with the Royal Engineers.

His career as an exhibiting artist took him across the world, meeting the Abstract Expressionists in New York in the early 1950s and representing Britain at the Venice Biennale in 1958. His work sits between abstraction and figuration – rooted in the European tradition, with themes of landscape, still life and the female nude.

His work is held in public collections in the United Kingdom and Ireland as well as the United States of America.